Peak EA: Want More Pets? ‘Pony’ Up The Cash

Peak EA: Want More Pets? ‘Pony’ Up The Cash

Horses and ponies aren’t actually being added, that was just a poor attempt at humour, sorry.

Yesterday, EA announced a new ‘stuff pack’ for The Sims 4, and it’s becoming clear why their addition of animals wasn’t a standard ‘Pets’ expansion like other titles in the series.

It seems someone at EA has found another way to dig their hands into our pockets, and as per usual they’re using The Sims as their patient zero. The Sims 4 ‘My First Pet Stuff’ pack will add Hamsters, Rats, African Pygmy Hedgehogs, Bubalus (it’s some sort of cow thing according to Google) and more.

Fans aren’t happy about the new pack, however, as they feel these additions should have been included in the original Cats & Dogs expansion released last November. Some are especially resigned to the fact that EA wants to charge for the pack, essentially making this a DLC for a DLC. You can still buy the My First Pet Stuff pack separately, however, as you could expect, buying additions to an expansion pack would seem quite hollow and would only work to entice people into spending more money.

A good example of this was a tweet from a producer of The Sims 4, Graham Nardone, that stated “If you play The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff without having The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs installed, you’ll be able to use all of the new clothing coming for Sims of all ages. You will not have access to the new outfits and accessories worn by cats and dogs,” essentially stating that, while you paid for specific content included in this pack, you won’t have access to that content until you’ve purchased the additional expansion. Given the somewhat misleading language of the trailer, which states “Do you own The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs – Get ready for more!”, a situation where someone ends up spending upwards of $50 more on their original $10 so they can unlock a few more outfits for their cats and dogs isn’t that unlikely.

Graham Nardone addressed the frustration at the perceived cash grab in a tweet, stating that “the team wanted to try adding brand new things to the franchise like Vets, and creating cats and dogs with way more depth. Doing new things takes time.” Others perceived this could be the start of a trend of “cross packs” for EA, where they offer items more suited to various expansion packs within their stuff packs in a bid to get more people spending money on their expansions. Nardone addressed this also, stating “Functionally, that’s possible for Cats & Dogs content now. I don’t know what the future holds in terms of very specific cross pack content in other packs though”

What do you think? Just EA being EA or have they hit a new low? Let us know in the comments below.